Electronic Health Record (EHR)

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VA Plans To Launch Health App Store

Anne Zieger | HealthcareDIVE | September 10, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department has set plans to kick off the first two of several mHealth apps designed to give vets easier and quicker access to healthcare data...

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VA Plans to Tap Original Bidders for Canceled Software Contract

Staff | Nextgov | March 2, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to select a new vendor from the pool of original bidders to develop software vital to creating an integrated electronic health record (iEHR) with the Defense Department. The new contractor will replace ASM Research, the company first awarded the $102.6 million contract VA abruptly terminated Tuesday due to conflict-of-interest concerns. Read More »

VA Readies Scheduling RFP

Dan Verton | FedScoop | November 14, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release the long-awaited request for proposals next week for the replacement to its patient scheduling system, the agency’s chief information officer confirmed today.

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VA Releases Open Source Policy Memorandum

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has just made public an executive policy memorandum that mandates a thorough evaluation of "Open Source Software (OSS) solutions when [the] VA acquires software." The policy also calls for the Federal agency to consider the use of open source "development practices when VA develops software." The release of this policy places the VA as the leader in government agencies innovating through the use of open source software.

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VA Researching Natural Language Processing In EHRs To Prevent Suicide

Ashley Gold | Fierce HealthIT | September 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs is researching the use of natural language processing within its electronic health records system to automate suicide risk alerts.

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VA Seeks 7 Percent IT Budget Boost, Passes on Defense Health Record Hosting

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | February 13, 2012

After two years without an increase, the Veterans Affairs Department requested a $3.37 billion information technology budget in 2013, up $216 million, or slightly less than 7 percent, from $3.11 billion in 2012. Just over $2 billion or 62 percent of that budget would be devoted to health care systems deployed to 152 department hospitals. Read More »

VA Shifts Data Center Operations to DOD

Staff | Washington Business Journal | January 20, 2012

The shift in operations may take more than a year but will not cause a cut in any VA jobs. The VA will move data center operations that support its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture electronic health records, which will help support development of a joint electronic health record system for both departments.

VA Shifts VLER Work to $12B Contract

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | February 9, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department is turning to companies on its $12 billion information technology contract to help develop the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, an initiative to provide veterans and service members with instant electronic access to their health and benefits information and other services.

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VA Shifts VLER Work to $12B Contract

Nicole Blake Johnson | Federal Times | February 9, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department is turning to companies on its $12 billion information technology contract to help develop the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Record, an initiative to provide veterans and service members with instant electronic access to their health and benefits information and other services.

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VA Sponsors Contest to Find Best Possible Scheduling Software

Stephen Spotswood | US Medicine | March 1, 2013

VA is currently seeking assistance in finding ways to better allocate this resource in the form of modernized scheduling software and in October launched the VA Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest (vascheduling.challenge.go). It is a competition soliciting private industry to encourage the creation of updated, open-source software that would accommodate the rapidly evolving needs of the department. Read More »

VA Taps DSHI to Develop App for Tablets

Brian Dolan | MobiHealthNews | January 31, 2012

The Veterans Health Administration (VA) has tapped DSHI Systems to create a tablet-based mobile triage system for the emergency room that determines how urgently a patients needs to be seen by a physician. The application, called ER Mobile, will help emergency room nurses better identify the sickest patients so that they can be cared for first.

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VA Telehealth Lauded As Model Healthcare Program

Ken Terry | Information Week | January 24, 2012

The United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS), which plans to roll out a telemonitoring service for 3 million patients, could learn a lot from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) home telehealth program, according to a new report from U.K. research firm 2020health.org. From an American perspective, the report raises the question of why telehealth hasn't gained more traction in this country, considering the VHA's success with it.

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VA to Accept Proposals for New Scheduling System

Press Release | US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | November 21, 2014

As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS)..  The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for Veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software.

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VA To Invest Billions in Open Source Transition

The open source strategy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was the focus of the recent Open Source Think Tank Conference in Napa, California held April 12-14. This conference, sponsored by the Olliance Group and now on its 7th year, has become one of the premier open source gatherings in the world. Top IT leaders of the VA came to the conference to ask for the advice of the open source community in finalizing the VA's strategy for the future of its world-class electronic health record (EHR) system, VistA.

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VA's Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) Has Announced New Veteran-focused Integration Process (VIP)

The Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has announced a new Veteran-focused Integration Process (VIP) to replace the Project Management Accountability System (PMAS) for the development and management of IT projects. The Veteran-focused Integration Process (VIP) is a Lean-Agile framework that services the interest of Veterans through the efficient streamlining of activities within the VA enterprise.  It is designed to increase the speed of delivery of high-quality, secure IT capabilities to Veterans. Read More »